Release Date/Time: 6/12/2020 5:16 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery Arrest
Date: Thursday, 6/11/2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 700 Block of Elkington Ave
On 6/9/20, at 5:12 a.m., officers responded to a robbery on the 700 block of Elkington Ave. The victim stated an unknown subject held a gun to his back and demanded his belongings. The suspect then instructed the victim to retrieve jewelry that he had posted on Snapchat from his apartment or his family would be killed. In fear for his family he retrieved the items and handed over. The suspect ordered the victim not to call the police or he would kill him and his family.
Detectives conducted follow-up investigation and identified the suspect as Eduardo Melgoza (19). Salinas detectives, working closely with US Marshals, conducted surveillance and arrested Melgoza during a traffic stop without incident. Detectives served a search warrant at Melgoza's home and located firearms parts and ammunition.
Melgoza was booked into County Jail for robbery.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222.
Release Authorized by: John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350